Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.
What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Kristin Hinrichs, the artist behind our new Crackling Candles.
When did you know you wanted to be an artisan?
I’ve always loved creating, but I never dreamed it would be something I would do as a career. I’m an equal right brain/left brain person.
What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artisan?
It’s exciting to know that others love something that I’ve spent so much time thinking about and creating. Every time I read a positive feedback, it’s like a rush of motivation. Some days it’s easy to get caught up in “Why am I overthinking this to death, what does it matter?” Then you hear someone say they love your product and it all makes sense.
What does your typical day in the studio look like?
Actually, I rarely spend full days in the studio. It’s mostly at night after my day job, or during my son’s naps on the weekends. I just renovated my space so I’m really excited to be able to spend more time in there. My wax is always turned on so I can just pop in and make batches of candles as I get time.
Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
The common theme to my work areas are photos of my son. I started making candles the year he was born so he was really the reason I started on this path. It also keeps me focused to work hard, but also remember not to get too tied up and forget to put the wax away and go play. It’s important for me to show him what it looks like to work hard to achieve your goals.
Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?
Mmmmm – smells yummy! Can I eat it?
What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
Work hard, play hard.